Sims Expects Exciting Night in Baton Rouge

Pat Sims

A report on Auburn defensive lineman Pat Sims features comments on this week's SEC West battle at LSU.

Auburn, Ala.--Pat Sims says he is impressed with what he has seen of the LSU offense as his Tigers continue preparations for an SEC West showdown set for Saturday night in Baton Rouge.

"Their offense is great," the junior defensive tackle says of the Bayou Bengals, who are averaging 37.7 points per contest. "We just have to go out there and play our defense. Anytime we play our defense, nobody can stop us."

Sims and the Tiger defense have been playing well during Auburn's four-game winning streak. Auburn has allowed just seven points each to Vanderbilt and Arkansas in its last two outings. Against the No. 1 ranked offense in the SEC last week, Auburn blanked Arkansas for three quarters as the Tigers won 9-7 in Fayetteville.

"We just went out there and played hard," Sims says. "It was a great game."

Sims has been playing with an injured hand, but has performed well. He no longer has to wear a large club-like cast, but still needs protection. Team trainers make a small cast for him to wear prior to games.

"It is doing much better, but it isn't all the way healed," he says of the hand. "I still have got a couple more weeks."

Saturday's game in Baton Rouge will be his first trip to LSU as 17th-ranked Auburn faces fifth-ranked LSU with first place in the SEC West on the line. "There is going to be a lot of excitement.," Sims says. "I am just going to go out there and have fun.

"I have heard they call you a lot of names and stuff," he adds. "It really doesn't matter to me. I am just going to go out there and play. The environment won't get to me. I have just got to go out there and do what I do best."

The game will feature the return of Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp to the college where he formerly worked as an assistant coach. Sims notes that his fiery coach should be at a fever pitch for Saturday's game.

"Muschamp is kind of crazy, but he gets you pumped," the defensive lineman says. "He gets you ready for the games. He says the right things. He gets you pumped during the game, too."

Auburn is 2-0 on the road this year and has won its last eight SEC road games since falling at LSU in 2005 in overtime.

Sims says he isn't sure why that has happened, but says, "I guess we play harder when we are away from home. Anybody you play away from home you have got to play harder because you are in their environment. You have got to keep the crowd down."

Kickoff time is set for shortly after 8 p.m. with TV coverage on ESPN with Mike Patrick calling the action along with Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe.

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